Crimesget more violent

2014-10-27 00:00

WHILE there were 1 653 fewer house burglaries in the past year, there were 1 334 more cases where armed gangs invaded those homes. The statistics confirm that criminals are staking out homes and deliberately attacking them when their owners return.

The ISS’s Gareth Newham revealed the shift in murders associated with this in these telling statistics:

• In 2009, 65% of murders occurred due to “social behaviour” — mostly arguments between young men that escalated into murder. Only 16% of murders came from crimes like robbery.

• Since 2011/2012, serious assault has decreased by 9 478 cases, or a five percent drop.

• However, in this time period there has been an increase of 1 458 murders — a nine percent increase.

• During the same period that assaults went down, aggravated robberies increased by 18 148 cases — an increase of 18%.

Newham said: “The most concerning shifts have happened since the 2011/12 financial year.”

However, the ISS expert warned that other factors, “such as increased vigilantism, or gang or taxi violence”, could also have contributed to the change.

“We won’t know [for certain] until … the SAPS [shares] crime data with research institutions.” — WR.

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